Is being gay something she has only just admitted to herself or has she had gay relationships in the past?
She’s never had a proper relationship with a woman. She’s only had a couple of one-night-stands and a holiday fling. So she wasn’t ready to admit that she’s gay to the world, she’s had her hand forced by this situation, really.
How worried is she as she waits for the results of her tribunal?
She’s very worried. She genuinely doesn’t have any idea which way it’s going to go and her whole livelihood is hanging in the balance. She knows that if she loses her job she won’t be able to practice anymore and she won’t be able to pay for her house, so it’s a massive worry.
Now Sophie is no longer Jenna’s patient, is there any reason why they can’t be in a relationship is that’s what they both want?
At the time of the tribunal Jenna’s main concerns are sorting out her career and sorting out her family. I don’t think she’s got the head space for a relationship after everything that’s happened.
How have the fans reacted to Jenna?
They’ve been really positive - they seem to like Jenna so far, which is nice. People have been asking me for a while if she’s going to be gay and if she’s going to have a relationship with Sophie, so it’s great to be able to explore that now.
And what’s Brooke Vincent like as a screen partner?
I absolutely love working with Brooke. She’s so funny, friendly and down to earth. She really puts you at ease. Obviously it’s quite daunting coming in to work with ‘the lesbian of Coronation Street’ but because she’s done all this before with Sacha [Parkinson, who played Sophie’s former girlfriend Sian] she knows what comes with it and that has really helped.
Are you also enjoying the dynamic between Jenna and Lloyd?
Absolutely loving it. I think the best thing to come out of this whole storyline for me is that we’ve been able to establish more of a father-daughter relationship. It’s bonded them and it’s really nice to see that family dynamic grow.
Would you like to see Sophie and Jenna make a go of things?
I would. I’d quite like everything Jenna’s been through to be for a reason rather than for all this to happen and them not get together. It would be nice to see a proper relationship happen between them, even despite the age gap. It’s interesting and different to the relationship that Sophie had with Sian.
And are you excited about what 2013 holds for Jenna?
I’m very excited, I know I’m going to be here for at least another six months, which is brilliant.